5 Bedroom Rituals for Better Sleep

5 Bedroom Rituals for Better Sleep

Your bedroom is a sanctuary and it should make you feel safe and comfortable. So there are many factors that contribute to a pleasant environment in your bedroom––especially when you aim to get more quality sleep.

Now that Melbourne is stuck in Lockdown 6.0, maybe it’s a good time to re-decorate your home or change up your routine. Here are our 5 tips for a life-changing bedtime makeover.

1. Take your time to tidy up

Are you used to tripping over things on your way to the bathroom in the morning? Does being in your room make you feel more stressed? In that case, it’s time to think about following Marie Kondo’s method and decluttering your space. Not only will you feel less anxious, but now that you’re only keeping items that serve a purpose or spark joy, your bedroom will feel more like a haven.

2. Stay cool

Your body temperature naturally drops just before and during sleep. So balmy, humid bedroom environments make it hard for your body to wind down. If you don’t have an air conditioner, there are other things you can do to stay cool and comfortable. Take a warm shower before bed to cool your body temperature down. Make sure your bedroom has as much fresh air as possible. If it’s not practical to leave windows open, fans are a good way to ensure air circulation.

3. Choose soothing colours

Keep the cherry reds and fluorescent yellows out of the bedroom. Instead, soothing and muted colours––especially in shades of blue and green––are the best choices for your bedroom walls.

If you prefer to have bright colours, use them as accents and keep the cooler tones as the primary colour.

4. Use light strategically

Darkness is one of the most critical factors to get a good sleep. So dim the lights about an hour before bed, and if possible, don’t use LED bulbs or electronic devices to stop the brain from working hard.

5. Use relaxing scents to wind down

Some aromatherapy scents can be helpful for relaxation and sleep. But, it is also important to choose a scent you like (but one that doesn’t inspire you to look for an open bakery at 3 am).

Try a few drops of essential oil near your pillow or pour them into a diffuser. Note that if you suffer from asthma or allergies, check with your healthcare professional to ensure your favourite scent is safe.

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